Prof. Andrew Curran

Chief Scientific Adviser, HSE, United Kingdom of Great Britain

Professor Andrew Curran is the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) and Director of Research at the Health and Safety Executive. He has responsibility for ensuring that HSE has the evidence it needs to underpin policy and regulatory decisions.

He is part of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s CSA network, and during during the COVID pandemic he has been a participant in SAGE. He now leads one of six large (~£18M) National COVID-19 projects. Andrew has oversight of HSE’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Workplace Health (WHEC), is the Chair of the Sheffield Group (global network of national health and safety research organisations) and a member of the Steering Group of PEROSH. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and the Chartered Management Institute, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (UK). Andrew is an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester.

TS4 - COVID-19 and the protection of workers : lessons from the global pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply disrupted employment in many countries around the globe. Many millions of workers have adjusted to working remotely from their homes. And many more millions of workers, in sectors designated as essential, have been working in proximity to co-workers and, in some cases, providing services to clients, customers and other members of the public. This technical session will consider 3 dimensions of efforts to protect workers from the risks of COVID-19. A panel of OSH regulators will discuss the novel challenges faced by labour inspection services in the supporting essential workplaces in the adoption of effective infection control practices. A panel of OSH prevention experts will describe the exceptional importance of the global internet to rapidly disseminate guidance from trusted source authorities to hundreds of thousands of workplaces. The session will conclude with a global panel of scientists reflecting on the challenges in precisely identifying workplace transmission of COVID-19. 

Erin Oliver, Canada

Audrina Chua, Singapore
Andrew Curran, United Kingdom
Letitia Davis, United States of America
Siong Hin Ho, Singapore
Janet Mannella, Canada
David Michaels, United States of America
Peter Smith, Canada
Sven Timm, Germany
Jody Young, Canada

Live : 21/09/2021 - 10:00 EDT - 11:45 EDT
Rerun : 21/09/2021 - 20:00 EDT - 21:45 EDT